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"...gleaming like blackened sunshine."

Yesterday, I wrote 1,662 words on Red Delicious. After dinner, Kathryn and I began reading The Drowning Girl: A Memoir for the Centipede Press edition. In terms of text, the CP edition won't differ dramatically from the Penguin edition. Other than catching typos and such, I'll be rewriting a scene or two, bits I know now I could have done better. There will be about ten thousand additional words of text added to the "Back Pages" section. Mostly, the CP edition is a chance to present the book as a beautifully, lushly illustrated and designed hardback.

It's very strange and more than a little disconcerting, reading the book again. I haven't looked at it since, probably, March 2012. So, a year.

Speaking of hardbacks, the paper quality used for hardback fiction, and much nonfiction, is becoming ever more abysmal. I'm still buying hardbacks, but I've begun to notice that, often, the paper used for trade paperbacks is of a better quality than that in the hardback edition. I'm talking, of course, about the big NYC, etc. publishers, not small/specialty presses. What's the point in binding toilet paper, much less binding it in hardback? Of course, this is all about keeping cover prices down. But soon I suspect it will no longer be cost effective for publishers to release hardcopy versions of novels. Even shitty hardcopies. So, skip straight to ebooks, and they save the expense of materials and printing and warehousing and shipping. Profits go up. This does not, by the way, mean authors will be paid more; they almost certainly won't be. Publishers only have to point out that they sell ebooks for less than hardcopy books. Regardless, this scares me, this scenario that, to me, seems all too likely. Because I have no other way to make a living, and I won't write ebooks.

Okay, well, that's today's happy thought. I should be working, here on this gloomy, ugly winter day.

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Glitterses and Pinksome Unicorns,
Aunt Beast

P.S.: Also, I began reading Paolo Bacigalupi's The Drowned Cities.


( 9 comments — Have your say! )
Mar. 14th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
I hate ebooks. *lol* I'll keep buying paper as much as I can.

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Mar. 14th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)

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Mar. 14th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)

including ebooks.

For me, they will always be vile and hideous things. Dispensable. Transitory. Ugly. Artless.
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Mar. 14th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)

Thanks for going into detail about what you are doing to this version.

You're welcome. I'll keep making updates here as the project progresses.
Mar. 14th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)

I'm looking forward to the Centipede Press versions. Hardcovers, yay! I've just started reading the Cornell Woolrich set they put out recently.

Happy Pi Day! (It's a big celebration at my daughter's school.)

Mar. 14th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
My favorite movie as a teenager was "Night of the Iguana". Ted Turner obtained the rights to the movie and edited it, which was really just hack censor job. The same is happening to E-books. George Orwells "1984" was removed from American E-readers without permission because of an copyright dispute. Every time you connect up to Wifi with an e-readers someone has control of its content, but not you. Not only do they censor and erase content, but they know what your reading. I love E-books too.
Mar. 15th, 2013 05:54 am (UTC)
There will be about ten thousand additional words of text added to the "Back Pages" section.

Are you re-including Albert Perrault?
Julian Morrison
Mar. 15th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Is it bad that I currently only own TDG:AM on kindle, and I mostly read it on my phone? And yet it is one of my more re-read books, and I plan to buy this new paper one, just for the pretty.
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Julian Morrison
Mar. 15th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
On the other hand, the price of print-on-demand will come down. So if you want paper, that's probably how it will work. You buy the paper version, Amazon prints it for you.
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